No tobacco: Air Vistara bans the consumption of gutka on board

Airplane giant Air Vistara has banned the consumption of tobacco on its flights. In India, around 29.6% of men and 12.8% of women currently use smokeless tobacco revealed The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2)

No tobacco: Air Vistara bans the consumption of gutka on board

  • The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) reveals that, in India, around 29.6% of men and 12.8% of women currently use smokeless tobacco.
  • Moreover, around 21.4% (199.4 million) of all adults consume some or the other kind of smokeless tobacco.
  • While 11% people consume Khaini, and 50% purchase loose smokeless tobacco.
  • Compared to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-1), the prevalence of smokeless tobacco has seen a declining trend in India. But, still, a staggering 21% people consume smokeless tobacco.

The Tata-Singapore joint-venture, Air Vistara has banned the consumption of gutkha (tobacco) on-board its flights.

Air Vistara’s CSCO, Sanjiv Kapoor tweeted saying, “At @airvistara, we take the environment seriously. The 50% on board disposable plastics reduction and low emissions aircraft are just a start. Cleanliness at all times is part of our mantra. We have also banned chewing tobacco or ‘gutka’ consumption on board and at our facilities.”

A few days ago, an air traveller, Lili Ganguly tweeted to Union Minister of Finance, Jayant Sinha, saying, “Dear @jayantsinha sir, I have encountered several times when fellow passengers sitting beside having gutka in the flight which not only smells but also disturbing to see them spitting the same into bags. A request if gutka can be banned in flights #BanGutka.”